Team Tutoring Virtual Workshop at AIED 2022

Added by Sinatra, Anne 10 months ago

The GIFT team is hosting a half-day VIRTUAL workshop titled "Advances and Opportunities in Team Tutoring" during the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2022 Conference (the conference itself is hybrid from Durham, UK). The workshop itself is completely VIRTUAL. 800 word abstracts are due on May 2nd, 2022.

We invite workshop paper submissions about the topic of Team Tutoring and Collaborative Learning.

The call for papers and submission information can be found at:

The goals of this VIRTUAL workshop include providing a forum for researchers to discuss the progress that they have made in team or collaborative tutoring, discuss the approaches that they have taken, the challenges that they have encountered, and/or present theoretical models on innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring.

This workshop is expected to be of interest to those in academia, government, and industry who are developing tutoring experiences intended to include interaction between multiple learners. The expected outcomes of the workshop include an identification of team tutoring gaps/challenges in varying learning domains, approaches that have been successful or unsuccessful in meeting those challenges, and determining the next steps in approaches that AIED researchers can use for their own team tutor development.

The workshop will include a presentation of the accepted papers, followed by an open discussion about the challenges and current state of team tutoring. The discussion will conclude by addressing research gaps and future directions of team tutoring.

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference.
Reviews and acceptances will be based on extended abstracts, which are 800 words.
Full papers are between 5 to 12 pages in CEUR-ART format.
Proceedings papers are planned to be published online at or
Both empirical and theoretical papers with topics related to team tutoring and computer-based collaborative learning are welcome.

List of Topics of Interest
Team Tutoring
Lessons Learned from Developing Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems
Team Tutoring in Distributed Environments
Team Assessment Strategies and Approaches in an Intelligent Team Tutoring System
Collaborative Problem Solving and Learning
Theoretical models proposing innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring
Discussion of steps forward in establishing team intelligent tutoring systems
Natural Language Processing for Team Tutoring
Distinguishing Taskwork vs. Teamwork
Scaffolding and Pedagogical Modeling for Team Tutoring
Team Tutoring in Distributed Environments
Data Strategies for Team Tutoring
Assessment Approaches and Ontologies ( e.g., automated scoring individuals to teams)
Modeling Team Affect
Modeling Team Behaviors and Group Problem Solving
Data Visualization for Team Tutoring
Working with Virtual Teammates
Related topics are also welcome

Important Dates
May 2, 2022: Extended Abstract submission (800 words)
May 20, 2022: Acceptance Notification
June 27, 2022: Camera Ready Paper Deadline (5 to 12 pages in CEUR-ART format)
July 27th or 31st, 2022: Workshop days at AIED 2022 Conference; workshop will be scheduled for one of these two days and will be VIRTUAL.

Easy Chair Workshop Call for Papers:
Easy Chair Workshop Submission Link:

If there are any questions, please contact the workshop co-chairs: Anne Sinatra () and Benjamin Goldberg ()

Also: GIFTSym10 submissions are still open; the deadline to submit your 800 word abstract for GIFTSym10 is March 30th, 2022. For more information about GIFTSym10 please see:

GIFT Cloud Unscheduled Downtime today, 3/11/2022

Added by Sinatra, Anne 11 months ago

Hello GIFT Community,

We wanted to share a quick announcement to let you know GIFT Cloud will be offline today (3/11/22) starting at 11:45am Eastern for unexpected downtime and maintenance. We estimate these tasks should take approximately 120 minutes to complete. If there are any unforeseen issues, we will send out an updated announcement accordingly.

Your GIFT Team :)


Added by Sinatra, Anne 11 months ago


GIFTSym10 is the tenth annual Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) Users Symposium. GIFTSym10 will be held VIRTUALLY on May 24th and 25th, 2022. GIFTSym10 invites GIFT designers, developers and practitioners to submit technical papers about their ideas, experiences, and lessons-learned in using GIFT to author and evaluate Adaptive Instructional Systems (AISs).

GIFT is an open source, empirically-based, service-oriented framework of tools, methods and standards to make it easier to author computer-based tutoring systems (CBTS), deliver and manage instruction, and assess the effect of adaptive instruction, CBTS, components and methodologies. GIFT is being developed under the Adaptive Tutoring Research Science & Technology project at the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory, part of the US Army Combat Capability Development Command – Soldier Center’s Simulation and Training Technology Center (DEVCOM-SC STTC).

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

•Full papers (5-10 pages using template) describing design, application, and/or science-based potential enhancements to GIFT.
•Short papers (3-4 pages using template) describing standards opportunities for AISs. This will form the basis for a potential separate session on the applicability of standards for AIS development.
•Demonstration (3-4 pages using template) showcasing mature use cases that highlight advancements in GIFT’s utility across performance assessments, pedagogical reasoning and coaching, data visualization, adaptive and intelligent training, and after action reviews.

Submission Schedule
Abstracts are required to be extended abstracts (minimum 800 words) covering the focus of your paper, results/conclusions and recommendations. Review for acceptance will be based on the extended abstracts.

Abstract Submission Deadline – 30 March 2022
Acceptance Notification - 15 April 2022
Paper Submission Deadline - 10 May 2022
Presentation Submission Deadline – 17 May 2022
GIFTSym10 – 24-25 May 2022, Virtual

List of Topics
•AI and Machine Learning for AISs
•Collective and Team-Based Methods
•Measurement and Assessment
•Standards for Adaptive Instructional Systems (AISs)
•Authoring Tools
•Domain Modeling
•Individual Learner Modeling
•Instructional Management
•AIS Architecture and Ontology
•After Action Review (AAR)
•Competency Modeling
•AIS Dashboards and Visualizations
•Interoperability and Learning Ecosystems Future and Emerging Concepts

Program Committee
•Dr. Anne M. Sinatra (Program Chair)
•Dr. Benjamin Goldberg
•Dr. Keith Brawner
•Dr. Greg Goodwin
•Ms. Elyse Burmester
•Mr. Michael Hoffman

GIFTSym10 proceedings will be published by U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command - Solider Center (DEVCOM-SC)

GIFTSym10 will be held Virtually, and is free of charge. More details will be shared as GIFTSym10 approaches.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Sinatra at

The full call for papers can be viewed at:

You can submit your abstract using the EasyChair GIFTSym10 submission site at:

Competency-Based Scenario Design in ITSs Book (Vol 9)

Added by Sinatra, Anne 12 months ago

The Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Volume 9 – Competency-Based Scenario Design Book is now published and available for download! The book is free, and is available in the documents tab of or through this link:

This book on Competency-Based Scenario Design is the 9th in a series of books that examine key topics (e.g., learner modeling, instructional strategies, authoring, domain modeling, assessment, team tutoring, self-improving systems, data visualization, competency-based scenario design) in intelligent tutoring system (ITS) design. This book focuses on competency-based scenario design. The discussion chapters in this book examine topics through the lens of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT). GIFT is a modular, service-oriented architecture created to reduce the cost and skill required to author ITSs, distribute ITSs, manage instruction within ITSs, and evaluate the effect of ITS technologies on learning, performance, retention, transfer of skills, and other instructional outcomes.

Citation: Sinatra, A.M., Graesser, A.C., Hu, X., Goldberg, B., Hampton, A.J., and Johnston, J.H. (Eds.). (2022). Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Volume 9 - Competency-Based Scenario Design. Orlando, FL: US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Soldier Center. ISBN 978-0-9977258-1-0. Available at:

GIFT-Cloud Offline for Upgrades Tomorrow at 10am (22 DEC)

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago

Hello GIFT Community,

We wanted to share a quick announcement to let you know GIFT Cloud will be offline tomorrow (22 December) at 10:00am Eastern USA to support maintenance and upgrade activities. We estimate these tasks should take approximately 60 minutes to complete. If there are any unforeseen issues, we will send out an updated announcement accordingly. Reach out if this will cause any significant issues.

Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

Your GIFT Team :)

Official Release of GIFT 2021-2 is Here!!!

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago

The time has arrived...GIFT 2021-2 is now available!!

Download GIFT 2021-2 directly here:

A GIFT account is required to download the software, and is available at no cost.

This release features:
- First team-focused use case within a Unity based scenario, highlighting team tutoring functions, along with new condition classes and assessment logic.
- Game Master improvements with new visualization supports and a Summative Assessment Scoring Dialog.
- Implementation of GIFT messages in a Protobuf Syntax.
- Better course sharing with improved settings and permissions.
- Enhanced xAPI generation capabilities, with a 'Chain of Custody' component that references back to the specific training instance and GIFT data logs an xAPI statement was generated from.
- Improved TEAM tutoring, with multiple players, lobby system, and...
- Integration with the desktop version of Unity
- New condition classes and scenario adaptation supports in synthetic game environments
- Integration with the open source Competency and Skill System (CaSS)
- Interactive remediation supports now implemented
- And more!

GIFT Cloud updates will still be deployed regularly, so keep track of GIFT news items for announcements on new functionality.

For a full breakdown of all new functions and services, visit this link to the GIFT2021-1 release notes:

GIFT Services are down

Added by Hoffman, Michael over 1 year ago

Due to an ISP issue some of the GIFT services are currently down. This includes accessing GIFT Cloud and Our ISP provider has not provided a timeframe to fix the issue. We will post another news item when it has been fixed.


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